Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" just published in print and e-book, my other books here.
6:35 Latest from Chris Hedges at Truthdig: "There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. It goes like this. Physically eradicate the insurgents’ logistical base of operations to disrupt communication and organization. Dry up financial and material support. Create rival organizations… Infiltrate….
"All we have, as Vaclav Havel writes, is our own powerlessness. And that powerlessness is our strength."
4:25 Occupyers and Tea Party folks have a beer summit at CPAC.
3:05 From press release that just arrived in the old email box: "Today Apple announced it would take an unprecedented step towards supply chain transparency by asking the Fair Labor Association to investigate their supplier factories, including Foxconn, and to publish which factories were investigated in their reports. The announcement follows a global petition delivery of over 250,000 signatures to Apple stores around the world late last week.
"Mark Shields, a self-identified Apple ‘super-user’ launched the viralcampaign on Change.org after listening to a radio program detailing allegations of labor abuses at an Apple supplier factory in China, including child labor, serious physical injuries of workers from repetitive motions during long shifts, and stress-related worker suicides. The petition calls on Apple to investigate their supply factories and commit to a comprehensive worker protection plan. ‘Manufacturing issues in China are obviously complicated, but the good news is that Apple is great at solving complicated problems,’ said Mark Shields, who launched the campaign on Change.org that has so far collected over 200,000 signatures. ‘As an Apple consumer, I’m relieved to hear that Tim Cook is taking this seriously and breaking ground in the industry with Fair Labor Association auditing. But Apple still needs to use some of their trademark creativity and problem solving to create a worker protection plan for new products — especially the upcoming iPad3 — so that they’re proactively taking care of their workers.’"